Papers in the Biological Sciences



Eric W. Seabloom, University of MinnesotaFollow
Elizabeth T. Borer, University of Minnesota - Twin CitiesFollow
Yvonne Buckley, The University of Queensland
Elsa E. Cleland, University of California - San Diego
Kendi F. Davies, University of Colorado, Boulder
Jennifer Firn, Queensland University of Technology
W. Stanley Harpole, German Centre for Integrative Biodiversity Research (iDiv)Follow
Yann Hautier, University of Minnesota
Eric M. Lind, University of Minnesota
Andrew Macdougall, University of Guelph
John L. Orrock, University of Wisconsin
Suzanne M. Prober, CSIRO Ecosystem Sciences
Peter B. Adler, Utah State University
T. Michael Anderson, Wake Forest University
Jonathan D. Bakker, University of Washington
Lori A. Biederman, Iowa State University
Dana M. Blumenthal, USDA-ARS
Cynthia S. Brown, Colorado State University
Lars A. Brudvig, Michigan State University
Marc W. Cadotte, University of Toronto
Chengjin Chu, Lanzhou University
Kathryn L. Cottingham, Dartmouth College
Michael J. Crawley, Imperial College London
Ellen I. Damschen, University of Wisconsin - Madison
Carla M. Dantonio, University of California, Santa Barbara
Nicole M. DeCrappeo, U.S. Geological Survey
Guozhen Du, Lanzhou University
Philip A. Fay, USDA-ARS
Paul Frater, Iowa State University
Daniel S. Gruner, University of Maryland at College ParkFollow
Nicole Hagenah, University of KwaZulu-Natal
Andy Hector, University of Oxford
Helmut Hillebrand, Carl-von-Ossietzky University
Kirsten S. Hofmockel, Iowa State University
Hope Humphries, University of ColoradoFollow
Virginia L. Jin, USDA-ARS
Adam Kay, University of St. Thomas, Saint Paul
Kevin P. Kirkman, University of KwaZulu-Natal, South AfricaFollow
Julia A. Klein, Colorado State University - Fort Collins
Johannes M. N. Knops, University of Nebraska - LincolnFollow
Kimberly J. La Pierre, University of California - Berkeley
Laura M. Ladwig, University of New Mexico
John G. Lambrinos, Oregon State University
Qi Li, Chinese Academy of Sciences
Wei Li, Southwest Forestry University
Robin Marushia, University of Toronto
Rebecca McCulley, University of Kentucky
Brett Melbourne, University of Colorado Boulder
Charles E. Mitchell, University of North Carolina
Joslin L. Moore, University of Melbourne
John Morgan, La Trobe University
Brent Mortensen, Iowa State University
Lydia R. O'Halloran, Oregon State University
David A. Pyke, U.S. Geological Survey
Anita C. Risch, Swiss Federal Institute for Forest
Mahesh Sankaran, National Centre for Biological Sciences
Martin Schuetz, Swiss Federal Institute for Forest
Anna Simonsen, University of Toronto
Melinda D. Smith, Colorado State University - Fort Collins
Carly J. Stevens, Lancaster University
Lauren Sullivan, Iowa State University
Elizabeth M. Wolkovich, University of British Columbia
Peter D. Wragg, University of Minnesota
Justin Wright, Duke University
Louie Yang, University of California, Davis

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Seabloom, E.W. et al. Plant species’ origin predicts dominance and response to nutrient enrichment and herbivores in global grasslands. Nat. Commun. 6:7710 doi: 10.1038/ncomms8710 (2015).


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Exotic species dominate many communities; however the functional significance of species’ biogeographic origin remains highly contentious. This debate is fuelled in part by the lack of globally replicated, systematic data assessing the relationship between species provenance, function and response to perturbations. We examined the abundance of native and exotic plant species at 64 grasslands in 13 countries, and at a subset of the sites we experimentally tested native and exotic species responses to two fundamental drivers of invasion, mineral nutrient supplies and vertebrate herbivory. Exotic species are six times more likely to dominate communities than native species. Furthermore, while experimental nutrient addition increases the cover and richness of exotic species, nutrients decrease native diversity and cover. Native and exotic species also differ in their response to vertebrate consumer exclusion. These results suggest that species origin has functional significance, and that eutrophication will lead to increased exotic dominance in grasslands.

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